Legislation introduced to remove Schuylkill County commissioner from office

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — State elected officials are now getting involved in the push to remove a Schuylkill County Commissioner from office for alleged sexual harassment and discrimination.

“We want to hear their story, we want to hear the commissioner’s story. We want to get to the facts of the case and make a logical decision,” said State Senator David G. Argall.

Argall introduced legislation in Harrisburg to remove an embattled Schuylkill County Commissioner from office.

“Every single representative and senator from Schuylkill County has essentially said to our colleagues, look this is really important to us. There’s a black cloud over the courthouse in Pottsville and it needs to be resolved one way or the other,” explained Argall.

The bill is aimed at removing commissioner George Halcovage. An investigation conducted by the Schuylkill County Human Resources Department in June determined Halcovage violated county sexual harassment and discrimination policies.

In October, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says they found Halcovage had subjected and continues to subject female employees to discrimination, retaliation, and harassment.

“Almost every elected official at the county and state levels have asked the commissioner to resign and he’s refused to do that. This is the next logical step,” said Argall.

Following an investigation, if two-thirds of the Senate votes against the commissioner, the Governor is required to remove Halcovage from office.

There is a similar measure being voted on by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Wednesday, which would appoint and empower the Judiciary Committee to conduct an investigation into Halcovage.

Senator Argall says it’s time for a bipartisan effort.

“With all of the allegations that have been spinning around the Schuylkill County Courthouse for the last year, we decided it’s really important for the House and Senate to listen to both sides and bring this to some kind of rational conclusion,” explained Senator Argall.

Senator Argall says the county’s investigation shows that if Halcovage was just a county employee, not an elected official, he would have been fired a long time ago.

Eyewitness News reached out to Commissioner Halcovage and has yet to receive a response.

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